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Jermaine WilliamsNigger (2004)

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A word of hate or term of endearment? Like many young African American teens, Jermaine used the word every day. Then, in the summer of 2003, he traveled down south and met people for whom nigger will never be just another word.


This movie is part of the collection: Listen Up! Youth Media Network

Director: Jermaine Williams
Producer: John C.Williams
Production Company: HBO Young Filmmakers Lab
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Keywords: Racism; Tolerance; African American History
Contact Information: 357 Ninth Street Brooklyn, NY 11215 Web: http://www.reel-stories.com

Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs


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Average Rating: 3.33 out of 5 stars3.33 out of 5 stars3.33 out of 5 stars3.33 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: Ron Raygun - 1.00 out of 5 stars - December 30, 2009
Subject: It Arose in the Deep South
The term is a deep south derivative of the word negro. With a southern accent, nigger became popular throughout the deep south. Nigger is easier to say than Negro, and that is how it caught on. I honestly don't think it was hateful in itself to begin with, just a slang term evolving out of Negro. When Negroes decided they didn't want to be called "negroes", but "people of color", nothing changed. In fact the term Nigger seemed to gain usage. When "the people of color" decided that they didn't want to be called "people of color" any longer, the new term "black people" emerged. I wonder how long it will be before they decide to be called "browns"! This film is the usual racist bull that accomplishes nothing but furthers hate and the continuance of Affirmative Action, the NAACP, and the coming proposed "Reparations"!

Reviewer: mr_loophead - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 15, 2007
Subject: Thanks again!
I'm glad I am able to see this short film before it's possibly taken off for copywrite issues.

I have used the word to describe black people but never in a derogatory way. With all the politically correct that has blanketed North America, I'm surprized that black youth are using the term in the opposite sense.

THEN again, I know gay people or good friends of gay people using the word fag in the same sense.

After watching this, I believe that Prof. Thomas makes a strong point in stating that the word will not lose it's negative stigma and the history behind the word should stay strong.

If you're sensitive, you will let words offend you. If you're strong, you empathetically look at people who intend to offend.

Great video. I hope more people watch and learn.

Reviewer: lvschwer - - November 15, 2007
Subject: copyright issues
The author of this video has told me that the Creative Common License is not as listed, that it is actually under copyright protection and that it cannot be listed on the Internet.

Reviewer: Ben Loring - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - March 26, 2007
Subject: A good film
This is a good solid film. Well thought out both in its history and its ideas.